Shining in the Darkness
Shining in the Darkness, released as Shining and the Darkness (シャイニング&ザ・ダクネス?) in Japan, is a 1991 role-playing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis video game console. It was one of the first RPGs released for the system, and began the long-running and multi-genre Shining series.
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Shining in the Darkness is a "dungeon-crawler" RPG. The game puts the player in control of the main character and two friends (Pyra and Milo), as they explore 3D dungeon mazes with turn-based battles.
The game consists of story line interaction, dungeon exploration, random monster fights, and predetermined 'boss' fights. The combat in this game operates similarly to role-playing video games of the era such as Dragon Quest (or, more specifically, Wizardry).
Additionally, the dungeon contains three characters in need of rescue. Rescuing any or all of the three is optional, and the story changes depending on whether or not the player locates and returns each of these characters to safety.
Another key innovation is its icon-based menu system. This is used for battles in dungeons, equipment management, and character interactions in town.
Shining in the Darkness is set in the kingdom of Stormsong (renamed "Thornwood" in the localization). The king's daughter and the main character's father have vanished, while the evil sorcerer Mephisto (renamed "Dark Sol" in the localization, not to be confused with the Shining Force villain Darksol) has appeared to threaten the kingdom. The main character is charged to find the Arms of Light, rescue the princess and his father, and stop Mephisto.